Grants

Upcoming grant & award deadlines from PA Environment Digest: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=45853&SubjectID=

Grant Program Funder Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Duesort descending
Chester County Preservation Partnership Program (PPP) - Conservancy Grants

The Conservancy Program advances the County's Strategic Plan by awarding funds to non-profit land conservation organizations to assist them with preserving land and connecting people to the land. Please contact Judy Thomas at 610-344-5499 or jthomas@chesco.org to find out more about these programs and the grant application process. 

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Funder:
Chester County Department of Parks and Preservation
Area of Interest:
Eligible Region:
Chester County
Eligible Applicants:
Nonprofit, 501c3 land conservation and preservation organizations and meet additional criteria in grant guidance
Award Amount:
range depending on grant subtype
February 25, 2022
Regional Trail Workshop Grants

WeConservePA is offering grants of up to $5,000 to conservation-oriented non-profit organizations or local/county governments to support their local trail and greenway outreach and education efforts.

Funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered WeConservePA, Regional Trail Workshop Grants are awarded to support high-quality educational programming and safety training directly related to trails and greenways. Regional Trail Workshop Grants are reimbursement grants that cover up to 80 percent of the costs directly associated with each workshop (not to exceed $5,000) and require a 20 percent match from the organization. Grantees are responsible for all remaining workshop costs. Applicants may only receive one grant per calendar year.

Complete the grant application and budget worksheet and submit to cgrayshaw@weconservepa.org by the application deadline of January 27, 2022 to be considered for the 2022 grant round.

For awarded grants, requests for payment must be submitted to the WeConservePA by October 15, 2022, and only expenses accrued up to September 30, 2022 will be eligible for reimbursement.

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Funder:
WeConservePA
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)3 non-profits, local/county government
Award Amount:
$5,000
January 27, 2022
America the Beautiful Challenge

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), through anticipated cooperative agreements from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is pleased to announce the launch of the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC) 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP). The ATBC vision is to streamline grant funding opportunities for new voluntary conservation and restoration projects around the United States. This Request for Proposals is a first step toward consolidating funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale, locally led projects that address shared funder priorities spanning public and private lands.

In year one of the ATBC approximately $85 million will be awarded in nationwide funding to advance the America the Beautiful Initiative and its goals to connect and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend. In the first year, ATBC will seek to fund projects across the following themes:

  1. Conserving and restoring rivers, coasts, wetlands and watersheds 
  2. Conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and other important ecosystems that serve as carbon sinks 
  3. Connecting and reconnecting wildlife corridors, large landscapes, watersheds and seascapes 
  4. Improving ecosystem and community resilience to flooding, drought and other climate-related threats
  5. Expanding access to the outdoors, particularly in underserved communities

Collectively, these themes allow applicants to develop landscape-level ATBC proposals that address conservation and public access needs that showcase cumulative benefits to fish and wildlife, carbon sequestration and storage benefits, engage with and benefit underserved communities, support community access to nature, and help safeguard ecosystems through conservation, resilience-focused and nature-based solutions. 

Projects funded through the ATBC will advance the principles underlying the America the Beautiful Initiative, as described in the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful Report:

  1. Pursue a collaborative and inclusive approach to conservation
  2. Conserve America’s lands and waters for the benefit of all people
  3. Support locally led and locally designed conservation efforts
  4. Honor Tribal sovereignty and support the priorities of Tribal nations
  5. Pursue conservation and restoration approaches that create jobs and support healthy communities
  6. Honor private property rights and support the voluntary stewardship efforts of private landowners and fishers
  7. Use science as a guide
  8. Build on existing tools and strategies with an emphasis on flexibility and adaptive approaches
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Funder:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
United States - nationwide
Eligible Applicants:
State government agencies, territories of the United States, and Indian Tribes2 are eligible to apply for all four grant categories. Non-profit 501(c) organizations, local governments, municipal governments, and educational institutions are eligible to ap
Award Amount:
Ranges by grant category
July 21, 2022
TreePennsylvania Bare Root Tree Program

TreePennsylvania's Bare Root Tree program aims to assist communities in Pennsylvania with increasing the tree canopy and commitment to urban and community forests.  This program provides 10 – 20 large caliper bare root trees for planting on land owned by a municipality (streets and parks) or non-profit organizations.

Approved applicants are responsible for scheduling a site visit and/or consultation with a PADCNR/Penn State Extension Forester and coordinating pick up of trees at a designated location and date. 

Trees must be planted within one week of pick up. TreePennsylvania will purchase trees on behalf of the communities – funding will not be provided directly to grantees. 

Pre-application deadline is July 29 at 4pm. Applicants will be notified if invited to submit a full application with a deadline of August 15. 

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Funder:
PA DCNR, USFS
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Communities outside Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
Eligible Applicants:
municipalities and non-profit organizations
July 29, 2022 4pm
Wild Resources Conservation Grant

Overseen by PA DCNR, the Wild Resource Conservation Grant program safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. Grants are awarded in three areas: species surveys, conservation and management.

The eligibility of applicants is dependent on the funding source. WRCP funding sources include both Wild Resource Conservation Fund (WRCF) and Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF), with most the funds available through this solicitation from ESF. Therefore, applicants are strongly advised to seek a sponsoring organization that is eligible for ESF funding.

The following applicant eligibility applies:

  • Counties, municipalities, educational institutions, and tax-exempt 501(3) (c) organizations registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations are eligible to receive grants from ESF for projects intended to protect and conserve biological diversity.
  • Conservation Districts and municipal authorities are also eligible for some types of projects funded by ESF.
  • Individuals, state government agencies and for-profit businesses, in addition to the categories above, are eligible for WRCF funds but not ESF funds.
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Funder:
PA DCNR
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
PA
Eligible Applicants:
varies by funding source
Award Amount:
$30,000 (average)
July 8, 2022
EPA Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting applications for EPA Section 319 Watershed Restoration and Planning Grants. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding to implement nonpoint source management plans and activities identified in Pennsylvania’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) watersheds. Implementation activities must address specific sources of nonpoint source pollution identified by the 2019 – 2024 Pennsylvania Nonpoint Source Management Plan.

Objectives:

  • Reduce AMD-related iron, aluminum, and acidity pollutant loads.
  • Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollutant loads.
    • Implement stream restoration, bank stabilization, and/or stormwater management projects.
    • Plant, maintain, and protect riparian forest buffers.
    • Implement agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs).

This year's grant also provides for funding to develop Watershed Implementation Plans in Hydrologic Unit Code 12 (HUC12) watersheds within Environmental Justice areas.

 

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
incorporated watershed associations, counties or municipalities; county conservation districts; and council of governments or other authorized organizations including nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipal authorities
June 24, 2022
Met-Ed/Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund

The fund provides grants and program-related investments for projects serving the Met-Ed and Penelec electric companies in Pennsylvania that meet the mission of the fund to support:
• the development and use of renewable energy and clean energy technologies
• energy conservation and efficiency
• sustainable energy businesses
• projects that improve the environment in the companies’ service territories, as defined by their relationship to the companies’ transmission and distribution facilities

The fund will award multiple grants of $2,000 to $50,000 for projects within or substantially affecting the Met-Ed and Penelec territories. Program-related investments in addition to this amount may be considered. Program-related investments range from $25,000 to $500,000.

Questions should be addressed to Kevin Lugo, Energy and the Environment Program Officer of the Berks County Community Foundation, at KevinL@bccf.org.

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Funder:
Metropolitan Edison Company
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
Met-Ed service territory
Award Amount:
$2,000 to $50,000
March 15, 2022
PA Trout in the Classroom Program Grants

​To ease this financial burden for teachers and help support the thousands of students engaged each year in PA Trout in the Classroom (TIC), the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited (PATU) awards funding to TIC teachers annually through the TIC Grant Program. 

Grants up to $500 can  help keep existing and already-established TIC programs running.​ For the 2022/2023 school year, funding is also available for assistance starting a new TIC program.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited
Area of Interest:
Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
statewide
Eligible Applicants:
school teachers and local partners who have attended or plan to attend a TIC workshop
Award Amount:
varies
May 1, 2022
PA Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Research Grants

Proposals are invited for research topics including animal health and welfare and its interactions with human and environmental health; study of the impacts of mental health challenges on farm success, the availability of on-farm housing for farm workers, and strategies for recruiting and retaining an agriculture workforce; and consumer research on the appeal of biodegradable packaging and new uses for milk proteins and milk-based products.

Additional research topics invited include studies of the economic impacts of pest infestations; water and soil management practices on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that have not received state or federal funding; and programs and initiatives in the PA Pollinator Protection Plan and the PA Farm Bill. Full proposal guidelines can be found in the PA Bulletin.

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Funder:
PA Department of Agriculture
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
May 13, 2022
Schuylkill Highlands Mini Grant Program

The Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program funded by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by Natural Lands. The program will provide mini-grants in the amount of $1,000 to $15,000 for projects that support and advance the goals and objectives of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape. 

Mini-grants that support the goals and mission of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape are eligible to be funded.  Mini grant applications should connect residents and visitors to the outdoors; encourage sustainable regional development; protect natural and cultural resources; and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore the Schuylkill Highlands.

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Funder:
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape (click grant link for more details)
Eligible Applicants:
Municipalities, non-profits, watershed associations, and registered friends groups with a 501(c)(3) status
Award Amount:
Up to $15,000
May 27, 2022

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